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November, 2021 Storm Report
 
Monthly Statistics
 
  Temperatures Precipitation
Site Max Min Avg Norm Dep Hi Lo Sum Norm Dep
Fayetteville (NW AR) 62.3 35.0 48.6 47.3 +1.3 77 20 1.57 3.68 -2.11
Harrison (NC AR) 61.1 37.1 49.1 48.5 +0.6 76 22 1.41 3.96 -2.55
Jonesboro (NE AR) 58.8 37.4 48.1 50.0 -1.9 71 27 2.00 4.40 -2.40
Fort Smith (WC AR) 64.1 39.0 51.5 51.7 -0.2 77 28 2.30 3.85 -1.55
Little Rock (C AR) 62.5 38.1 50.3 51.1 -0.8 77 29 2.02 4.72 -2.70
Texarkana (SW AR) 67.4 43.7 55.6 53.9 +1.7 82 32 2.58 3.91 -1.33
El Dorado (SC AR) 65.2 38.4 51.8 53.8 -2.0 80 28 3.15 3.83 -0.68
Pine Bluff (SE AR) 65.1 39.6 52.4 52.6 -0.2 80 32 1.57 3.97 -2.40

 

Temperatures were largely below average for the month of November across the state with a few warmer than average spots across SW and NW Arkansas. While the degree of rainfall deficits varied across the state, it is obvious that November was abnormally dry this year. At Little Rock, November rainfall was nearly 3 inches below normal.

 

Record Temperatures
 
There were no record temperatures in November.

 

Quick Event Summary
 

As compared to years past, November 2021 was fairly quiet across Arkansas in terms of weather conditions. Several fronts and storm systems moved across the state and while rain was recorded across the state several times during the month, amounts were much lower than normal. Additionally, severe weather was very limited in nature with only a handful of severe thunderstorm warnings issued for the month. Temperatures varied across the area but for many, November readings were pleasant. 

 

In the picture: Temperatures as of 4 pm November 2nd were nearly 25 degrees cooler across southwest Arkansas.  
 

A strong cold front brought much colder air along with it during the first few days of the month. In many cases temperatures were more than 20 degrees colder in the wake of the front. Some rain accompanied the front but amounts were relatively light. While high temperatures moderated through the 5th and the 6th, overnight lows dipped down into the upper 20s to lower 30s across the state. This provided the first freeze of the season to much of the state, earlier for some but later than normal for many locations across northern and western Arkansas.

 

In the picture: NWS Charleston, SC warned area residents of a strong coastal storm expected to bring high winds and heavy rain to the area. 
 

Calm conditions and warmer temperatures were noted for a few days leading up to November 10th. Looking beyond the state, a coastal storm impacted portions of South Carolina bringing strong wind gusts and high surf along with it.

One of two severe weather events occurred across the state from the late night hours of Nov 10th into the early morning hours of the 11th. A weakening line of storms progressed across Arkansas during that time. A severe storm impacted portions of Cleburne County shortly after 1 am on the 11th when strong winds blew a mobile home off its foundation and a nearby home sustained roof damage. More widespread severe weather was noted across north Texas to northeast Oklahoma as well as northwest Louisiana.  

 

 

As of 4 am Nov 21st, temperatures were nearly 30 degrees warmer compared to 24 hours prior.
In the picture: Temperatures as of 4 am November 21st were nearly 30 degrees warmer compared to 24 hours prior. 
 

After several days of fairly benign November weather across the state that included a weak cold front, some light rain and slowly warming temperatures a stronger cold front approached on the 21st. During the morning hours as a warm front moved north across the state temperatures were significantly warmer compared to 24 hours prior. The cold front moved across the state on the 21st bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms including a severe storm that brought hail to portions of Independence and Jackson Counties. Hail was reported to be as large as 1.25" in Diaz and Jacksonport (Jackson County). Appreciable rainfall was in short supply as well with only a few spots across northeast and southeast Arkansas picking up more than a half inch of rain. 

 

Hawksbill Crag with peak fall foliage November 9, 2021.
In the picture: Hawksbill Crag near peak fall foliage Nov 9, 2021.
 

Even with much of the state experiencing drier than normal conditions throughout November, for many it was one of the most vibrant fall seasons in recent years. While the change in leaf color seemed to be delayed compared to years past, brilliant colors seemed to linger for a bit longer than normal across the state. 

 

The end of November typically means the change of seasons as December brings winter along with it but it also signals the end of the Atlantic hurricane season. The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season was fairly busy with 21 named storms including 7 hurricanes, 4 of those were major hurricanes. 8 storms impacted the US coastline. 

 

 

A Thanksgiving poem from your friends at NWS Little Rock.
In the picture: A Thanksgiving poem incorporating town names from across Arkansas, courtesy of us here at NWS Little Rock. 
 

After another cold front brought rain to the state from the night before Thanksgiving through the morning hours of the holiday temperatures briefly cooled in its wake before moderating by the end of the month. Portions of eastern and southern Arkansas managed to pick up closer to an inch of rain on Thanksgiving day.

 

Temperature and Precipitation Trends
 
Temperatures at Little Rock (Pulaski County).
In the picture: Temperatures at Little Rock (Pulaski County). Click to enlarge.

 

Precipitation at Little Rock (Pulaski County).
In the picture: Precipitation at Little Rock (Pulaski County). Click to enlarge.

 

Precipitation across Arkansas.
In the picture: Precipitation across Arkansas.

 

Link of Interest
Detailed Monthly Statistics